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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PTA 115 - Posture, Gait and Movement

Credits: 1
Covers the study of the principles and assessment of posture, the mechanics and assessment of typical and atypical gait, and the function of prostheses and orthoses. Previously PTA 113.

Enrollment Requirement: PTA 104  and PTA 106  with grades of 2.0 or higher; and concurrent enrollment in PTA 163 .

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Identify ideal postural alignment, typical deviations from it.
  2. Describe observed posture.
  3. Identify the components of typical human gait.
  4. Describe the typical human gait cycle.
  5. Describe atypical gait patterns.
  6. Identify possible muscular, skeletal and/or neurologic causes of atypical gait patterns.
  7. For selected lower extremity prosthesis, orthoses and spinal orthoses:
    1. Describe their structure.
    2. Identify the function of selected components.
    3. Explain the use and care of these devices to maintain hygiene and skin integrity.
    4. Identify indications for their use.

Program Outcomes
  1. Implement plans of care developed by physical therapists.
  2. Provide care in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
  3. Transition to successful employment as PTA.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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